PnP. Immediately marked by cured meat, smoke, and lifted fruit that leaves the impression of berries. Know this is young, but wanted to gauge one. The way it unfolds with salt, stone, cured meats, and berries is seamless and balanced in the contrast of dark and lighter elements. The acid is quiet and integrated, evolving as slow as the wine is prone to do. Brilliant finish of fine charcuterie and berry preserves that is long. Smashing with thin slices of salami. Lots of time to go on this one, let's see what day two brings.
SO much better than my last bottle 2 years ago. And I think it will get better with a few more years laying down. Black in the glass. Dark fruit (with some blueberry). Also has pepper and smoke notes with medium finish and nice balance.
Nearly black in color, blackberry, black pepper, black olive, cigar smoke, black cherry nose. Smoky blackberry, charcoal, boysenberry liquid velvet texture, grippy tannins, wonderful balance. Nose picked up some leather after bring open 6 hrs. Finished on day 2. Still very young, like a puppy with huge paws. You see the potential.
4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Our house): Dark color. The bouquet features incense, vanilla, black and blue fruits and honeysuckle. Firm, sweet tannins and flavors of black fruit, florals and blackberry on the palate. Good underlying acidity and structure. Lengthy finish. Guessed Syrah.
4th Saturday group. Tasted blind. This was very floral on the nose with notes of blueberry, glycerin and nice acidity. I thought there might be some Viognier blended in this based on the floral notes. Guessed Aussie Shiraz.
Great freshness and full fruit flavors of blackberry with classic black pepper notes along with some mint and herbs. I was expecting bigger fruit, but this has tremendous balance and elegance to it. This was popped and poured, and it was gone within an hour.
After recently tasting the '00 and '07, I found this to be my favorite Lagier Meredith Syrah to date. Also found the 2+ years of bottle age to be appropriate for my palate, though I look forward to checking in on this down the road.
Had this immediately after the 2004 which was much more mature. At the first taste, though, you could tell it was the same vineyard. Dark color. Blueberry, tannins, herbs. Great depth and concentration. i would guess this will turn out to be better than the 2004 ultimately-there's just more going on here. Hold these for several more years.
Lagier Meredith Vertical (1999 thru 2010) + (Loren's Home): Another one I liked more than the group. I didn't mind the tannins, loved the fruit and am excited about the potential here. Great nose. Very deep. fruit, leather, black pepper, floral notes. Huge tannins. Lots of fruit on the palate. Black raspberries, some blueberries. Good acidity. Perhaps a bit blueberry milk shakeish right now, but give it 8 years.
Gorgeous black fruit, pepper and herb filled nose. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with brooding black fruit. There is a real elegance to the wine - big with only moderate ripeness, elegance and balance. Floral and pepper notes add complexity. Medium flavorful finish. Well made in a more classical style.
Big wine. No time for decanting and it needed some. Color is violet ink. Nose is dark berries, plum and a little earth. Tasting adds spice to the mix. Tannins still strong and gives tart taste at first. I imagine this can still get better for the next year or so. Very nice bottle of wine.
I am a huge fan of LM. But this bottle was disappointing for me. The first I have had of their 08's. I loved the '07's. But this bottle was all front end fruit (wonderful) with nothing on the back end. Tasted more like juice than wine. We PnP'd. Next time I will decant. I will reserve judgement until I have another bottle.
did not taste as ripe as the 2006 I had a few months ago, but was more lightweight in style while still retaining all the blue and black fruits. most got blueberries on the nose and said it smelled cool (literally, as in temperature, and they weren't commenting on serving conditions - it was as if cold had a smell), while one taster said it was like a glass of raspberry frozen yogurt minus the sweetness. not as satisfying as 2006 on the palate, it lacked weight, although it traded a bit of fruit for that weight and tannin after several hours in the decanter. by the end of the bottle, though, it had more structure than fruit and had become a bit more astringent then pleasurable. should last for quite some years yet.
I know that this receives 95 by RP and that should not reflect my personal taste but it does..at first taste I felt this wine tastes tart, almost like the unripe grapes we tasted this August atop the Mount Veeder appellation on property where Carol and Steve grow and pick the grapes that make their Syrah...but 2 hours later got the rich, spicy, dark fruit flavors..Heavy on the spice, paired well with brasied beef
Pop and pour and served on a sailboat in Govino cups. I know, not the ideal setting, for wine that is. Dark color. Good nose of black fruits. Blueberries and spice. Rich and refined, showing good black fruit with a citrus note that gives it good lift. There is a richness and creaminess to the wine but that acidity keeps things in line and well focused. Very good. Nice finish. Even in a plastic cup.
Nose on the PnP - raw meat, anise root, floral, spice. After an hour in the glass - very reserved, cool, with tremendous length, balance, and elegance. This one just sits on your palate winding up with so much fruit depth, only a faint hint of cracked pepper right now, before it finally spills over the cofferdam and fans out to a finish with ultra fine tannin, florals, and lilting fresh perfumed berry. This is tightening with time and black licorice/florals are taking over with tannins getting a little stiff. Such a deep and characterful expression, this is going to be a rabbit hole of a wine. 93+ (note-slightly congested)
I love the wines made by Lagier Meredith. The 2007 is no exception. With a nose filled with fresh, jammy, black raspberry, earth and spice, it's rich, supple, round and balanced with a great purity of fruit. It's already showing well.
Nose of violets and burnt rubber. Flavor profile to me is nothern Rhone in style with pepper/spice, leather up front with nice fruit coming on the back end. Fairly lengthly finish. Takes a while 1 hour (at least) in the decanter to open from cellar temp.
Outstanding Napa Syrah. Similar to the Gonon St. Joseph I drank the other week, with more ripe fruit and a bit less structure. Pronounced bacon fat and smoke, with the fruit moving to the foreground and background, back and forth. Medium plus acidity, medium finish.
Opened, decanted 60 minutes. Medium purple, slightly lighter on the edge. Wonderful nose of dark berries, cherry, and soft smoky notes. On the palate, still a little tight but just lovely with extra air - dark cherry, spice, smoky meat, herbs and hints of dark plum. Nice medium finish with a cherry afternote that lingers. While this wine will benefit from a few year in the rack, it is quite lovely now with enough air - i would suggest decanting about 90 minutes to really let it begin to show....
Opened and corked previous evening. 14.4% alcohol. Dark ruby. Rich, expressive, spicy red and black fruit aromas. Blackberry and black cherry highlighted by smoke and bacon fat. Very well balanced with noticable structure, great fruit intensity, lingering aftertaste.
This should continue to improve for 3-6 years at least.
Blackberry perserves, focused red cherry, violets, charcoal, a little damp leaf and charred meat fat. Delicate texture, flowery, med-light bodied. A little closed on the palate. Finishes with lacy acidity, mineral tingle, red fruits. Needs a few years or a good decant. Very promising.
Rhone Rangers San Francisco 2010 (Fort Mason): This is a bit of a chameleon, at times showing a deeper, rounded, lush side like the 06, and other times showing a more focused taut side like the 07. Either way, it's fabulous wine, with the signature dark, blackberry/boysenberry syrah fruit from Lagier Meredity, excellent structure, beautiful finish. Drink now, or put away for 5 years and take another peak to see where it's going.
Shy nose that after some coaxing reveals some hints of mint and purple flowers and black and purple fruit. The palate has great freshness and energy. It manages the impressive trick of combining smoothness with a noticeable tannic structure. Shows great promise this young Padawan.